Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bucs signing Bruce Arians to 4-year deal as new head coach

Bucs signing Bruce Arians to 4-year deal as new head coach

Bruce Arians is the latest coach entrusted to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners.

The NFL initially told the Bucs they didn't have to provide compensation, per Schefter, but the Cardinals argued to the NFL they held Arians' rights.

Arians, who was 49-30-1 in a five-year run in Arizona, would replace Dirk Koetter, who was sacked after two seasons as Tampa's head coach.

The Bucs, who've finished last in the NFC South seven of the past eight seasons, haven't made the playoffs since 2007 - the second-longest drought in the league. He announced his retirement after a 2017 season in which the Cardinals had a record of 8-8.

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The former Cards coach is hiring Bryon Leftwich as offensive coordinator and is expected to hire Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator/offensive line and Clyde Christensen as QB coach, Rapoport added.

Speculation around Arians joining the Buccaneers included reports he would bring in dispatched Jets head coach Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator. Licht was vice president of player personnel during Arians' tenure as head coach with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals replaced Arians with Steve Wilks, who was sacked after one season and a 3-13 record.

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